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17/07/2019

VecCtor Case Study – CSHARK Builds an Industrial Assets Monitoring Platform for a German Startup

We can spot bugs in software and straighten them out. We can iron out legacy code and add new, and modern functionalities. We decided to invest in German startup and deliver an award-winning platform in just a few months. Here is the VecCtor case study.

Brice De Ron is a very energetic man. He had a vision for a platform allowing for monitoring the client’s industrial assets. This tool would be used by companies to track drivers, passengers, vehicles and cargo. Just to name a few possible applications.

VecCtor case study - The goals of the project

The goals would be fuel, worktime, and cargo monitoring to make sure that both business and technical (for example, car amortization) requirements are met. Brice even made a prototype for this product but unfortunately hit the wall. In order to develop the product further and add functionalities, he needed a software development partner. CSHARK was on the shortlist of companies that Brice wanted to talk to. We met, discussed, and CSHARK decided to not only provide programming support but to invest in a brand-new German startup – VecCtor.

A brief company history

VecCtor’s roots reach as far as 2004 when CProjekt team was founded. It was done by one of the oldest security companies in Germany, with over 100 years of experience. In January 2018, the CProjekt team was incorporated into a new company by VecCtor, and under new management, it supports previous and new clients. VecCtor’s know-how, flexible solutions, and a large partner network allow the company to implement its solutions locally, directly at clients’ locations.

Earlier, in December 2018, CSHARK began to work on VecCtor’s platform. It was clear from the beginning that VecCtor has enormous potential, knowledge, and represent everything CSHARK is looking for in a startup. Leader that drives innovation, a balanced and skilled team, and a product with an important market impact.

As Marcin Krok, CSHARK’s board member says:

That’s why we invested in VecCtor, believing in their vision. As you can already tell, they have proven themselves pretty quickly. Brice is an experienced entrepreneur with 25 years of professional experience in the field and a vast amount of knowledge. We don’t hesitate when it comes to investment opportunities that really make sense.

VecCtor’s challenges

Brice has a deep, vast, and very practical knowledge of what he does. That makes him a perfect partner for his clients. Unfortunately, at the very first stage of building VecCtor, Brice found himself having challenges on his own. What CSHARK did:

  • We took away a financial risk by investing in VecCtor. With a financial cushion, the company could concentrate on product development and sales.
  • With our MAKO platform for rapid software development, VecCtor doesn’t have to worry about technology. The investment comes, technological foundation follows.
  • IT mentoring and assistance in scaling the company also helps Brice to concentrate on business.
  • We have also fixed an additional challenge – the lack of a suitable technological partner. VecCtor was looking for someone locally, but both prices and availability were less than satisfactory. With pre-seed status and lack of appropriate "backstage support", Brice could not have it done in a time he wanted to.

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Monitoring industrial assets

Brice saw a market niche. Companies have vehicle fleets that need to be monitored live to effectively manage fuel, cars’ exploitation factors, employee’s work time, and so on. These operations require a very precise solution with an advanced system of communication. Telematics used in VecCtor’s platform help companies gain knowledge not only about the fleet but also about people.

VecCtor’s WFM (Workforce Management) system allows for:

  • Planning employee’s tasks and monitor the execution
  • Inform them about developments and roadblocks
  • Improve the flow of internal documentation
  • Increased employee effectiveness

Thanks to the combination of all these features, all logistic processes (deliveries, material exploitation, construction projects, tool repairs, etc.) can be easily cataloged, tracked, and measured. Digitalization and data processing are the future of many companies and sectors of a modern and healthy economy. With combining efforts, investments, and know-how, VecCtor and CSHARK are making it possible.

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CSHARK cooperation with VecCtor

Brice’s domain knowledge is enormous. He’s also very keen on a personalized view on the application and doesn’t accept anything less than perfect. VecCtor’s product should offer a 360-degree coverage of the client’s needs. With this type of world view and the emphasis on technical quality, the customer will choose our application.

Brice and his team know what to expect from themselves, partners, and the product itself. The focus and vision are always laser-cut clean. At the same time, the team is always encouraged to be involved in the process of designing, building, and expanding the product.

When we were working on the product for VecCtor, the family came and took over. Brice’s son Dominick, continues his father’s 25 years-of-experience path. Dominick was responsible for communication between CSHARK and VecCtor. Across multiple sprints, we were able to observe him in action, cooperate on challenges, ask questions, and share dilemmas. Everything went smoothly.

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As Brice De Ron, CEO at VecCtor says:

I have been developing software in a professional capacity since 1999. In these 20 years, I have never encountered the level of professionalism, creativity, and engagement I have found at CSHARK. These qualities go from the management down to the new engineers in our team, which have an average onboarding time to the project of five days, due to the excellent internal documentation. These are some reasons why we have decided to cooperate with CSHARK.

Our team for VecCtor included ten talents, divided into two teams to utilize Scrum’s scalability and increase the autonomy and flexibility of our developers. It was 1 Tech Lead, 1 Product Owner, 3 Back-End developers, 3 Front-End developers, 1 DevOps Engineer, 1 UX Designer (depending on the stage of the project).

Technologies we have used for the project:

  • Azure Cloud, Kubernetes, and Istio – building infrastructure
  • .Net Core 2.x or higher and Docker – microservices building
  • IdentityServer 4.0 – authorization and authentication
  • xUnit i Pact.Net – testing
  • signalR, Elasticsearch/Serilog, Azure DevOps – CI and CD environment
  • MS SQL, Redis, MongoDB, Cassandra – databases

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MAKO – the game changer

None of this would be possible if it weren’t for CSHARK’s rapid software development platform MAKO. It is a tool that made the project possible and let VecCtor build their market offer quickly. Thanks to its microservices-based architecture and cloud-native support, MAKO is the software for building new businesses and scale already existing ones.

CSHARK developed the platform in just a few months, and VecCtor already got their first award – “Digital Champion North” at the DIGITAL X event hosted by German Telekom. The startup won in the “Digital process and organization” category and automatically entered the competition for the countrywide DIGITAL CHAMPIONS AWARD. This wouldn’t be possible without Brice turning to CSHARK with his original vision, our team’s efforts, and MAKO platform. The project started in December 2018, and the award was handed out in June 2019.

CSHARK Radosław Szmit VP Business Operations
Radosław Szmit
VP Business Operations at CSHARK. Business development and consultant expert with numerous years of experience in IT. Management and business coach, project manager and vision monger.
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